COMMERCE CITY, CO (September 17, 2016) – For the second straight home game, the Colorado Rapids drew 0-0 in a very winnable game. With most of their attacking stars unavailable to start the match, they were unable to score against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
Shorthanded Colorado Rapids Draw 0-0 With San Jose Earthquakes
Rapids Manager Pablo Mastroeni again had to do some lineup shuffling with Bobby Burling and Jermaine Jones unavailable. Jared Watts started at center back next to Axel Sjoberg. Dominique Badji made a second consecutive start up top, having scored the winning goal in Dallas. Dillon Powers started in the No. 10 role with Marlon Hairston and Sebastian Le Toux on his wings.
Head Coach Dominic Kinnear had his team in a 4-4-1. Andres Imperiale started at center back next to Victor Bernardez. Marvel Wynne started at full back. Darwin Ceren started in midfield along with the Panamaniacs. Simon Dawkins stated at forward next to Chris Wondolowski.
Both teams came out a bit cautious in the match. Neither side got numbers to far forward, looking to stay organized at the back. Badji ran out wide at times to help facilitate getting the ball forward. He and Hairston were very active in the attack, linking often.
The Quakes got the first real chance ten minutes in. Sjoberg stepped in and missed on a tackle on Dawkins, giving the visitors a three on one chance. They nearly got a shot off, but Watts was able block it out for a corner.
Colorado nearly scored in the 16th minute. Badji ran down a ball from a wide position. He found Powers, who chipped the ball into the box for Hairston. Hairston ran onto it and tipped it towards goal, but it went wide. Goalkeeper David Bingham and Hairston collided on the play. The midfielder was down for several minutes, but returned to the game.
Badji had a near breakaway in the 24th minute. Powers sent a through ball towards him. He was able to run onto it and get past the Quakes defense. He attempted to round Bingham in the box, but wasn’t able to control it. His shot was rushed and went wide.
Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard made a goal line save near the end of the half. Dawkins redirected a cross right in front of goal. Howard got a piece of it, then dove backwards to stop the rebound from trickling in.
The two sides traded chances later on in the half, but neither could score. The half ended 0-0 with Sam Cronin, Sjoberg, and Powers all on yellow cards.
The match slowed down in the second half, with neither side finding much rhythm. San Jose saw more of the ball in the second half and got a few more chances. While they had several corners and free kicks in the final third, they couldn’t create much off of them.
“We started passing the ball better and our passes were getting forward,” said Kinnear after the match.
Badji got another great chance in the 68th minute. The forward got open in the corner of the box, ran in, and fired a low shot. Bingham was well positioned and got down to make the save.
Minutes later, Wondolowski got the ball at the top of the box. He took a touch to control, then shot the ball straight at Howard. He made the easy save.
Substitute Quincy Amarikwa nearly scored on a second chance off a free kick, but Watts was able to block the shot, collect the ball, and clear it.
Despite making attacking substitutions, neither could score. While both teams were able to move the ball and get into the box, neither could muster a legitimate threat on goal. The match ended 0-0.
This is the second straight home game for the Rapids that ended in a scoreless draw. Both were against beatable opponents. “At times tonight it was a bit disjointed. The pass wasn’t quick enough or it wasn’t recognized enough. And the movement off the ball wasn’t good enough,” said Mastroeni after the match.
He added “to play sideways and backwards, and lose the ball in tough spots, you’re running back to your own goal, and that’s not what we’re trying to do.” This team needs their attacking stars and DPs back on the field if they are going to finish the season strong. They’ll need them especially if they want to go far in the playoffs.